By Sydney Fazio
The University of Maryland Men’s Lacrosse Team defeated the Penn University Quakers 13-6 on Wednesday, making it their 13th consecutive win against Penn.
Maryland was undoubtedly in sync when they faced their first of nine ranked opponents in their 10-game stretch of regular season play. Senior midfielder Tim Rotanz put the first points on the board within the first five minutes.
Shortly following Rotanz’s opening goal, redshirt freshman midfielder Logan Wisnauskas fired off his first of five goals — a career high. Senior midfielder Adam DiMillo got his first goal of the season, all within the first 10 minutes.
Maryland built momentum well in the first quarter, leaving no room for question in the rest of the game. Senior defender Bryce Young, who returned for his first game post injury, played a key role in swallowing up Penn’s offense with his dominating presence.
Coach John Tillman said he felt that his team played a complete 60 minutes.
“All in all, having to go down and play mid-week last week and then go down to North Carolina, and then come back and play a team like Penn — I thought the guys did really well,” Tillman said.
After freshman midfielder Bubba Fairman scored his second goal with nine minutes left in the third quarter, momentum was in a lull, leaving the rest of the period scoreless. Unwilling to let the game fizzle out in drab fashion, Maryland put up three more points in the fourth quarter.
Wisnauskas said his success in this game came not from tonight, but from the past three days of practice.
“I want to give a big shout out to Danny Dolan, for staying after practice and putting the stick in his right hand– he’s a left handed goalie– and just giving me the reps for what I’m going to see tonight with a right handed goalie,” Wisnauskas said.
The win against Penn makes for 100 career victories at Maryland for Tillman. Post game, former players were showcased on a video montage where they congratulated Tillman on his success. Tillman is the fastest coach in Maryland history to reach the milestone.
Senior long-stick midfielder Nick Brozowski said Tillman’s coaching impact has changed him as a person.
“It’s been a challenge and a journey, but at the same time I’ve grown so much as a person under coach Tillman and all the coaches,” Brozowski said. “They challenge me everyday to be a better player and achieve things that maybe I didn’t think I was personally capable of doing.”
Following this win against Penn, the Terrapins have three consecutive games against top 10 opponents, No. 7 Notre Dame being next on Saturday.